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Nikon teams up with Apple alums' venture on lidar

Japanese camera maker to help Aeva move beyond self-driving cars

Nikon is expanding into other fields as its traditional mainstay camera business declines.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Nikon will partner with an American startup founded by former Apple employees to develop better measurement tools for auto and aircraft manufacturing, using technology developed to guide autonomous vehicles.

The tie-up announced Tuesday between the Japanese camera manufacturer and Silicon Valley-based Aeva will leverage the latter's lidar -- light detection and ranging -- sensors for more precise measurements. They want to bring products to market in 2025.

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